Broccoli Garlic Angel Hair Pasta


  • 1 ½ pounds broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • ½ cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus a little more for garnish
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes for garnish, or to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Hold a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle and cut the florets from the broccoli stems into a bowl. Chop remaining stems into small pieces and transfer stems to a separate bowl.


  • Step 2

    Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil with butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook garlic in the hot oil-butter mixture, stirring often, until garlic is soft but not browned. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes and salt. Pour chicken stock into skillet and bring to a simmer. Stir broccoli stems into the stock mixture and simmer until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add a little water or stock if mixture starts to dry out.

  • Step 3

    Stir broccoli florets into skillet and cook broccoli sauce until florets are bright green and slightly tender, 3 to 4minutes.

  • Step 4

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and stir in angel hair pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta strands are almost tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large pot.

  • Step 5

    Pour broccoli sauce over pasta, stir with a wooden spoon, and mix in 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Cover pot with a lid and let stand until pasta absorbs excess liquid and finishes cooking, about 2 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Serve in bowls and sprinkle each serving with a dusting of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

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